While they are still in the work-up testing phase of their new homeland, the delivery of the Indian Navy P-8Isto Naval Air Station Rajali is moving forward steadily. The last of these maritime patrol aircraft that was scheduled this year just left Seattle on 24 November 2014 for the flight to Asia, where five aircraft already are getting to know their surroundings for a while.
Boeing is planning to deliver the remaining two aircraft in 2015. The deal for the eight P-8Is – an adapted version of the P-8A Poseidon in service with the US Navy – was signed in 2009. The aircraft still have all the main looks of the 737 NG-version airliner that the Papa Eights are based upon.
Compared to the P-8A, the P-8I incorporates has some special India-unique design features and Indian-built sub-systems. While Boeing leads the project, the other partners include CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Spirit AeroSystems, BAE Systems and GE Aviation.
© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger, based on source information provided by Boeing